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COSBY SHOW RETURNING TO PHILADELPHIA?

     Eagles Owner Jeffrey Lurie is trying to lure Bill  Cosby
into becoming a minority partner.  Lurie: "I casually mentioned
it to him.  He seemed interested."  Last week, Lurie invited
Cosby to sit in the owner's box at Veterans Stadium and before
the Browns game, Lurie introduced Cosby to some of the players.
Lurie "apparently sees Cosby as the perfect marketing and
promotion fit for his football team."  Cosby, a Temple grad, is
an "entertainment giant who has impeccable ties to Philadelphia's
minority community."  Since he bought the team for $185M, Lurie
has been looking for up to 10 investors to put up between $5-10M
each.  He has approached many potential investors but is "looking
for the right mix" (Paolontonio et al., PHILA. INQUIRER, 11/21).
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